Hey guys, don't know much about my engine but my check engine light is on, and down around the catalytic converter i see this... and it doesn't look good. I've got a 2002 Impreza 2.5 TS sport wagon. Any help would be most appreciated.
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Impreza 2.5 TS, whats going on here?
Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:06 PM
Leaky axle seal isn't gonna harm anything. Looks like an automatic, make sure your front diff isn't low on oil. Check what the code is, otherwise it's a complete guessing game.
Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:11 PM
code was catalytic converter... so i got it checked out then was told the converter needed to be replaced.... replaced it, reset the light and it popped right back on
Posted 14 July 2013 - 05:23 PM
Well what you have pictured there is a front cat, and p0420 is the rear cat. I think the code description is something like "cat system below efficiency." Sometimes it's caused by a bad rear cat, often it's caused by a bad rear o2 sensor. Usually it has nothing to do with the front cat, at least, that's not the correct place to start. I'd start by changing out the rear o2 sensor.
Edited by 987687, 14 July 2013 - 05:25 PM.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:57 AM
That code is a pariah of the Subaru world. There are dozens of causes for that code and the cats are almost never at fault. They always get replaced, and the code almost always comes right back.
I would start by doing a simple tune-up. Spark plugs, new air and fuel filters, PCV valve. Run a bottle of strong fuel system cleaner like Lucas in the next tank.
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